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Melbourne in June doesn't have to be entirely gloom and doom. This month we're bringing some fun to your winter days and nights.

Our recent freelance lunches have been so popular that we've outgrown our usual venue and moved to The Fitz in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Put down that manuscript and those red pens and join the gang on Thursday 5 June. Please book by 5pm Monday 2 June so we can make sure we have enough tables for everyone.

Don't miss out on the next dinner meeting on Thursday 12 June - it's going to be huge. Susannah Chambers, the 2013-14 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship winner, has just returned from New York where she has been researching what the future holds for young adult publishing. Susannah will be joined by authors Penni Russon and Sally Rippin in a symposium moderated by Anna Burkey from the State Library of Victoria's Centre for Youth Literature.

Remember to check out our regular advice columns, Micro Mentor (tackling the issue of how to take a holiday when you are a freelancer) and Dear Ed (explaining the 80/20 rule). This month's Etymology comes from Deborah Patterson, who found herself pondering the origins of the word 'mentor'. (We love it when you send articles in. More, please!)

And with the end of the financial year looming, we're going to talk a tax accountant about financial pitfalls and opportunities for freelance editors and writers. We'll report back in next month's newsletter. If you have any questions you'd like answered, email us by Friday 13 June.

Your eds,

Lorna Hendry and Kate Goldsworthy